In collaboration with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, the Gandhi Institute will be hosting two introductory workshops on the tradition of withholding federal income taxes as a form of civil disobedience.
 
Two facilitators connected to the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Sam Koplinka-Loehr and Tom Joyce, will be traveling to Rochester to present historical information about the practice of war tax witness and resistance, providing participants with methods for the use of these tactics in contemporary times.
 
Of significance, under our current federal administration, ‘sanctuary cities’, such as the city of Rochester, may be withheld federal aid. While it is unclear what amount will be pulled from the city of Rochester itself, federal aid comprises 10%, or $121 million, of Monroe County’s 2017 budget, as approved by the County Executive. Meaning our current federal administration is threatening to prevent Rochester citizens from accessing monetary resources originating from their wages.
 
Community organizations, whose work is centered upon racial justice, are being invited to lead thirty minute breakout sessions during our time. We hope that participants will become involved with these community organizations after the workshops, and co-create methods for putting shared knowledge into practice.
All participants will also have the option to attend a potluck on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM, held with the intentions of allowing participants to strengthen established connections, and create new ones.
 
Dates & Times:
Sun. March 26th, 12 pm – 3 PM, with optional potluck beginning at 3:30 PM
 
Contact Malik at malik@gandhiinstitute.org for more info and registration.
 
We are delighted to have these organizations acting as this event’s co-sponsors:
 
Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting of Friends (Quakers)
Rochester Mennonite Fellowship